Labor Day Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Labor Day event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.


Labor Day is the holiday reserved for the working person; that’s why the party host should work hard to play songs that celebrate those dedicated professionals who fill the nation’s workforce.

The ultimate Labor Day playlist could include:

She Works Hard for the Money by Donna Summer
9 to 5 by Dolly Parton
16 Tons by Tennessee Ernie Ford
King of the Road by Roger Miller
Tough Enough by the Fabulous Thunderbirds
Wichita Lineman by Glenn Campbell
Banana Boat Song by Harry Belafonte
Livin’ On a Prayer by Bon Jovi
Nothin’ But a Good Time by Poison
A Couple Days Off by Huey Lewis and the News
All of these songs reflect some aspect of the work experience, and/or the sublime feeling of taking a well-deserved break from the workday.

Give guests a real ‘break’ with some primo Labor Day party supplies, including hanging decorations like plastic typewriters and construction hats, paper mache briefcases, etc., that reflect different aspects of the work experience. Lining the tables could be plates, coverings and silverware in practical, solid colors like black, brown and dark green; take home party favors could include miniature suitcases or lunch boxes filled with candies and mints. Lining the walls could be posters of various professionals at work, in the office or the field. Creative idea: Matching or contrasting color decor items such as plates and cups will work for any theme ideas. If you specify the type of clothing for a social event like summer causal, give a few examples of what is acceptable and more importantly what isn't. When all is said and done, favors given to those guests who were able to attend will both feel appreciated and be reminded of the day whenever they look at that favor.

Handmade party supplies and homemade party goods make a typical Labor Day extraordinary. From handmade flags and party streamers to noise makers and tambourines, Labor Day is a day of picnics and parades. Families enjoy celebrating this day together and party supplies such as inflatables for kids, beach balls and musical instruments it becomes a great day. The addition of red, white and blue flags, party streamers and balloons will make your Labor Day celebration very special.

More people prepare homemade party supplies before Labor Day. These homemade party supplies such as flags, party banners and red, white and blue balloon bouquets often compare to no others. These items and other party goods such as glow sticks, streamers, garden flags and temporary tattoos make the party even better.

Additionally, centerpieces make great party supplies therefore having a Labor Day party centerpiece made from in red, white and blue with stars and flags attached is a nice addition to your Labor Day celebration.

Most often, Labor Day homemade party supplies will compare to other popular Labor Day items, but will be much more special because they are homemade. Furthermore, Labor day party supplies such as homemade Labor Day flower bouquets, handmade balloon bouquets and Labor Day centerpieces will always be great additions to your Labor Day festivities.


The coming of the month of September marks the start of school, but we one last thing to do and that is a Labor Day theme cake for the day. In many people’s view this marks the end of summer, in the sense that travel trips are winding down for parents, teachers and kids. In honor of that day let’s start building the cake, by picking up the needed party supplies. Best place to start is with the cake mix, pick a flavor of choice and then choice a frosting to apply to the cake. Follow the direction on baking the cake, allowing time to cool before applying the frosting. Once the cake is done, proceed to place the eatable candy lettering on top to spell out ‘Labor Day’ and a phrase along the lines of, ‘here is to the end of summer’ or ‘summer has gone and now the fall begins’. The idea is to mark the passage of the day as a transition between one season and the next. To enhance the design of cake include some of the activities like a series of blue waves of icing might represent water.

An annual American holiday usually held on the first Monday in September, Labor Day is dedicated to the American worker who puts in long hours dedicated to preserving a way of life by selflessly endeavoring to promote the prosperity and growth of a nation proudly, through their efforts. In recognition of this dedicated way of life, a Labor Day Party is a fitting tribute to workers from all walks of life. There is no clear answer to who began the Labor Day tradition America celebrates so proudly, but it is normally attributed to either Peter J. McGuire or Matthew McGuire, who were both instrumental in improving working conditions for Americans throughout the United States, and preserving a way of life so dear to one and all.

From the earliest known celebrations of Labor Day to present day celebrations, Labor Day parties seem to have a common thread. From the very beginning, Labor Day has been a family break from doing what it takes to maintain hearth and home, and doing it in a manner to best benefit workers and their families all over the nation. Some people prefer to celebrate in quiet comfort in their own homes, some prefer to hit the holiday hot spots all over the world, and see this holiday as their just desserts for day after day of hard work throughout the year. So, when making plans for your family to enjoy the holiday, the only hard and fast rule is to come to some kind of agreement so you and your family can all do something they enjoy together.

Some Labor Day party celebrations are picnics, camping trips,barbeques, or just family dinners spent together. No matter what you and your family decide to do on Labor Day, you will benefit from deciding early, making all your arrangements well in advance, and planning carefully to avoid a bottle neck on what is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the nation. Plan for the entire family, then sit with everyone to plan a schedule. It can be challenging to get everyone on the same page, but it is worth it, when your holiday running smoothly is at stake. Book up the best that you can swing, carry your own grill just in case, or in a pinch, use large terra cotta planters filled half way with sand and topped off with hot coals to safely cradle skewers of seasoned, marinated meats, veggies, and fruits over the heat and enjoy the great, healthy taste of the outdoors!

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Labor Day History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Labor Day theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

There is still some disagreement about the history of Labor Day and when it was first observed as a holiday for workers.

Some historians believe that Peter J. McGuire was the first to suggest a day in honor of workers. He was the general secretary to the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, and he was also the co-founder of the American Federation of Labor.

Others believe it was Matthew Maguire, who was a machinist, that founded Labor Day. He was secretary to the Central Labor Union of New York, and they had adopted a proposal for Labor Day and even appointed the committee to plan for a picnic and a demonstration about the day.

Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September, and it is a tribute to worker’s contributions to our country, recognizing that they made it strong and prosperous.

The very first Labor Day was on Tuesday, September 5th, in 1882. And two years later the second Monday in September was selected as the official holiday. By 1885, it was celebrated by many industries throughout the country, recognizing it as the working man’s holiday. The celebration was to exhibit a parade to symbolize the strength of trade and labor organizations, and following was to be a festival with recreations and amusements for laborers and their families. As there was an emphasis on the economic and civic significance of Labor Day, speeches were given by some prominent figures in the communities.

Today, more recognition of the working man is expressed by government officials, educators, and union officials, among others, with coverage on television, radio, and in newspapers nationwide. Plan ahead by including at start time for the day and if needed include a reasonable end time as well. Don't wait until the last minute to set up for a celebration, you will be hurried and stressed by the time the guests start to arrive. Plan ahead by including at start time for the day and if needed include a reasonable end time as well. The history of Labor Day has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for Labor Day to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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